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Weekend Words of Wisdom #4


Great Responsibility

Jesus told his disciples in a parable about managers and servants that “from everyone who had been given much, much will be demanded and the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48).

Organizational culture requires attention. All the participants in the culture contribute, but organizations are not merely destined to default to whatever they become.

Leaders can shape cultures.

When organizational culture is toxic, it is the leader’s responsibility to help it to change.

Who do you know that did the most to shape the culture where you served? How did he or she do it?

~ Steve Hayner, President, Columbia Theological Seminary

excerpt from

Non Profit Leadership in a For-Profit World: Essential Insights from 15 Christian Executives

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